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9th December 2016


We continued looking at our class book, ‘The Rainbow Bear’, in English, but this week we focused on non-fiction writing. The children gathered facts about polar bears from a range of sources. Given the statement ‘Polar bears should be locked in zoos’, they worked in a team to apply imperative or ‘bossy’ verbs to their facts that argued in favour or against the statement.  The children worked really well with their team to get their points across. As our grammar focus, we looked at the indefinite article and revised when to use ‘a’ or ‘an’. The children applied this to persuasive sentences which they used in their poster to convince the public to set the Rainbow Bear free.


In Maths this week, the children have been learning about 2-D and 3-D shapes.  At the beginning of the week, they revised the properties of various different 2-D shapes. The children also refreshed their knowledge of different types of lines before drawing their names and evaluating which lines they could see in their letters.  They made 3-D shapes from nets and identified the number of vertices, edges and faces their particular shape had.  Following this, the children learnt about different quadrilaterals and triangles, classifying them based on their individual properties.

Project Work

In Project Work this week, the children have continued to develop their knowledge of circuits and electricity. Following this, they have created a model of a room in a house that includes a working circuit. This has looked to develop not only the children’s academic knowledge of circuits but also their personal skills when working in a group.


This week, students did a show-and-tell activity about their school life, in order to practise their speaking and listening skills. Then, the children learnt about one of the National Treasure of China, Panda. They watched videos which allowed them to have a better understanding of pandas. An art and craft activity followed this where the children created their own panda, which was a fun and engaging learning experience. Worksheets assigned to enhance their reading and writing skills.


In Computing this week, we have been discussing the impact that giant companies such as Apple, Google and Microsoft have had on the computer industry. The children have been developing our design skills on Christmas characters, as well as testing their knowledge of hardware devices. Students have followed this by developing and furthering their coding skills.

Physical Education

Classes who are undertaking football have been looking at passing in pairs and moving into pace. Classes who were doing netball have been looking at footwork and receiving the ball at speed.  Pupils who have been doing Gymnastics have been continuing exploring shapes and movement. During swimming, pupils have been using the diving blocks to look at backstroke starts. 


In Year 4 music this week, students reinforced their knowledge of the blues bassline and chord progression using the keyboard. They also practised singing the 'Blue Monk' melody. If students have keyboards or pianos at home, they are encouraged to practise their 12-bar blues. I am sure you will be impressed with what they can produce!


All homework is to be completed in the Homework Journal.


  • Reading Comprehension: answer the questions. Remember to answer using full sentences. Only spend 30 minutes on this.
  • Spelling: Choose one of the activities in your spelling journal. Complete this activity in your Homework Journal
  • Reading: please record daily reading in Student Planners. Children should be reading for 15 minutes each day.


  • Shape Robot: Create a robot using different triangles and quadrilaterals.  Create a key to show the different types of triangles (isosceles, equilateral and scalene) and quadrilaterals (square, rectangle rhombus, trapezoid, parallelogram and kite). Remember to use a ruler to check the length of the sides.
  • Tables: Choose one of the times tables songs to learn or revise from our list of resources. Then choose one of the times tables practical activities to complete in your homework journal. If you are confident with your times tables, investigate what happens when you multiply two odd numbers with an even number (eg: 3 x 5 x 2). Is the answer always odd or is it always even?
  • 4JR Maths children: Practice and learn the 4 times table off by heart. You can practise by writing out the table, having a partner test you. You can play the online game - http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button - remember to select the 4 times table. You will have a quick fire test on this table on Friday 16th December. 

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